Army's FY 1980 Programs for Procuring Conventional Ammunition, Modernization, and Expansion

LCD-79-416: Published: Jun 15, 1979. Publicly Released: Jun 15, 1979.

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The Army requested $974 million for 66 conventional ammunition items and $257 million for 8 projects for modernizing and expanding the Army's ammunition base.

The $109.6 million requested for three conventional ammunition items should not be appropriated. The copperhead rounds system is not ready for procurement. Engineering development tests have not been completed and are not scheduled for completion until December 1979. There are continuing delays in testing the full-frontal area impact switch required to increase the high explosive antitank cartridges' reliability. The new improved 81-mm high explosive cartridges recent test failure resulted in the Army's decision to suspend further testing indefinitely. After reviewing all eight modernization and expansion projects all but three were adequately justified. The funds requested for a permanent facility for the production of surface launched unit fuel air explosive rocket seems premature. The project for manufacturing warhead and motor body parts for two different rocket assisted projectiles has been redesigned since the budget submission because of decreased procurement requirements. Although production capabilities for the center core propelling charges should be expanded, additional justification for the site is needed before the project is executed.

Matter for Congressional Consideration

  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Matter: The House Committee on Appropriations should reduce by $153.3 million the Army's conventional ammunition request for 11 items and increase by $32.8 million the request for 9 others, reduce by $10.5 million the request for modernization and expansion program, and require the Army to provide additional justification for its selected site for the center core propelling charges before the Army executes the project.


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